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Mouse Settings Help

For those of you ET Player who use gaming mice do you use high dpi?(dots per inch)

For some who know DPI and would consider more is better this is not always the case when it comes to the Quake 3.

Engine which ET is run on. The Quake 3 engine can only convert up to 800dpi from what I have learned. Anymore then this will cause something
called negative acceleration. This means that if you move your mouse to a point of a map then move it somewhere else then move it back it will end up in a different location.

Most ETPro players will use a DPI of 400 which most low sensitivity players will use. On Average 800 dpi would good for med or high sens players. There are some programs that will counteract high dpi in the quake 3 engine, but all it will do is slow down the reaction time. Another thing to consider is what is your windows sensitivity set at? I have read forums stating that windows sensitivity should always be set at the 6th notch or it will skip pixels and also so its a 1 to 1 ratio.

Some mice I can recommend for ET Players would be the Razer deathadder, Logitech MX518, Razer Diaomdback.

I have tried these mice and have had a very good experience with all of them.

One of my favorites would be the MX518 because it was an optical mouse and it was very comfortable.

One question that may arise from players would be how do i know if my settings are where they should be.

How do I know if I’m a low, med, or high sens player?

The only way to figure this out is to experiment.

If your unsure start with low sens and everytime you feel its a bit too slow for you raise your sens by .2 until you find

the perfect sensitivity. I’ve experimented with different sensitivities and it took me quite awhile to get the right settings, but it was worth it.

Another thing to consider regarding mice is the amount of Hz you use. (Polling rate between the computer and Mouse)

If your using a wireless mouse the reaction time may be 66hz-125.(May Vary higher I’m not sure of the current ones on the market)For corded mice it will range from 125-1000hz)




Most players will use 500Hz because 1000Hz will use more resources or they can’t react as fast as the mouse.

I hope these little tips will help you.

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